I’m pro-choice. I have many reasons for being pro-choice. For one, there are 7 billion people on this planet. It’s over populated. Adding more mouths to feed just increases the number of people who will suffer from starvation. For another, many of the people who get abortions do so because they cannot afford a child. Children are expensive. They also take up a lot of a person’s time. Is it really better for a person to have to work two or three jobs so that they can afford a child, who they do not spend enough time with to actually raise, than it is for them to have an abortion? Many people will argue that the child should be put up for adoption instead. There are a lot of children waiting to be adopted. Most of them will never be adopted. Why add more children to an already overloaded system? We need to find loving homes for the existing children before we throw more children into an endless cycle of living with someone for a few months only to be taken away to live with someone else for a few months. This cycle causes sever mental and emotional damage to children. I would not want my child to suffer that fate.
People also get abortions because there is a problem with the pregnancy. The people who go through an abortion for that reason usually wanted to keep the child but can’t because the fetus either won’t live or the mother could die, or both. They are usually already emotional as it is. They are devastated and have no choice. Telling them that they should feel ashamed for having an abortion, telling them that they should give birth to a baby that they then must watch die, telling them that they should allow themselves to die, is cruel and immoral.
Those are my biggest reasons for being pro-choice from the stand point of what an abortion is. But I also have reasons for being pro-choice that pertain to the anti-choice (pro-life) movement. For one, they are not very pro-life. They do not care about life as much as they care about birth. Too many anti-choicers support war, are unwilling to help end hunger, support the gun lobby, and aren’t willing to adopt those children who need families. They don’t do anything that shows that they want to improve life for anyone who is already living. If you’re pro-life, then you should be as concerned about ending violent crime, homelessness, hunger, and poverty and you should be trying to improve health care and education. There are many ways to be pro-life that don’t involve being anti-choice.
For another, many anti-choicers would condemn women for their decisions, or even for situations outside of their control. It is a woman’s choice if she wants to have sex. I woman should not be made to feel bad because she has a sexuality. It is normal, natural, and perfectly fine. And consenting to sex is not consenting to pregnancy. Sex is just as much about having a good time, if not more, as it is about reproduction. If reproduction was the only reason for having sex, then we’d only get horny when the woman is fertile. And we have contraceptives to keep pregnancy from occurring. However, contraceptives aren’t perfect, and pregnancy can happen even with the use of contraceptives. Anyone using contraception is decidedly not consenting to pregnancy. They should not have to remain pregnant if they do not want to.
A woman who has been raped should definitely not be shamed for her rape. She should not be asked what she was wearing, she should not be told she was asking for it, she should not be called a slut, and she should not be made to keep her rapist’s child. She has a right to her body. That right was already violated once. It should not be violated again. Most anti-choicers are fine with abortion in the case of rape (or health risk), but the ones who aren’t are willing to take lives by forcing to remain pregnant. These women have already lived. They have already had an impact on society. They work, they go to school, they pay taxes, they have friends and loved ones. Their lives are worth more than the fetuses. Nobody should feel that they have the right to make the woman feel otherwise.
For all of these reasons, I am pro-choice.